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Agency votes today on suspension of request


The state Public Utility Commission will meet today and is expected to suspend a rate increase request by Pennsylvania American Water Company.


The rate hike, requested in April, would raise the average customer’s monthly bill about $6.12 to $58.63, based on usage of 3,960 gallons per month.  Pennsylvania American asked for permission to implement the new rate effective June 29th, but the suspension , which a company spokesman says is “typical”, would delay it by up to nine months while the PUC examines the request.


The increase would help to pay for system-wide improvements.  Pennsylvania American has invested about $731 million in upgrades since the last increase in 2011.  It’s currently in the process of replacing water lines along South 6th Street in Indiana from Carter Avenue to Philadelphia Street.


The average customer would pay about $1.95 per day for water if the rate increase is permitted.

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